Who? Nigel Ng
What? Culture Shocked
Where? Pleasance Courtyard – Bunker Two (Venue 33)
What are your feelings as you enter into this year’s Edinburgh Fringe season?
What is the premise of your Edinburgh show this year?
It’s about my life in the UK as a Malaysian immigrant. And the tragic ways of how Westerners prepare rice.
What is the biggest obstacle you face(d) while putting this show together?
Constantly battling the fears that what I do is not the kind of critically acclaimed, artsy, narrative, thematic comedy the Fringe loves. And having to be OK with that. I know it’s a funny show, and I need to be comfortable doing things my way.
Has your attitude towards the Fringe changed at all in recent years?
I’ve always loved it! I love how the Fringe it showcases art from all genres (where else can you see a magic show, music, and standup all in the same university classroom?)
Do you have any other Edinburgh show recommendations?
Loyiso Gola! That guy is a monster on stage and super smart. Ivo Graham, Rosie Jones, Jake Lambert are all amazing! For non-comedy stuff: I love watching circus and acrobatic shows up there. I’m drawn by their sheer physical prowess, the precision of movement, and how they defy death every day. And not a show, but an Edinburgh experience for me: the noodle bar known as Noodles and Dumplings on South Clerk St. Noodles in warm broth is the best antidote for shit weather.
Where would you like to be in a year’s time?
Continue building and finding my audience. Be a better comic than I am today.